Cardiff City Stadium hero believes Wembley stars are scared of the pressure that comes with the national team.
Wales striker Craig Bellamy says the pressure the England team face from fans and the media is too much for them to perform to their ability.
The 31-year-old will line up to face the Three Lions at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday in a Euro 2012 qualifier.
The Cardiff City icon believes the players cannot express themselves and are too scared at major tournaments and in qualifying games.
England were expected to be a major force in the World Cup last summer, but were abysmal, finally being knocked out by arch rivals Germany 4-1.
Bellamy uses the Germans to highlight the problems in the England camp, who are often booed by fans after poor displays.
“Before the World Cup you had certain players being lined up to be knighted,” Bellamy told the Daily Mail
“You’re going into it with the best centre-half in the world, the best centre-forward in the world.
“But tournaments don’t work out like that. Germany were brilliant because they went with a group of players who were given freedom.
“England just looked – because so much was expected of them – tense, so tense.
“At the World Cup it was just too rigid. I thought they got broken in between the lines. It just didn’t look right.
“Are England players scared? I remember Steven Gerrard, before playing Andorra, saying he didn’t want to give the ball away because he was afraid of the boos,” he added.
“That’s Steven Gerrard, one of the greatest players in the world over the past 10 years. He felt that, so imagine that environment?
“You look at the players, they got to Champions League finals. Do the players want it? Of course they do, they don’t play for England for money.”